Copeland is relishing clash with his former teammates
Robin Copeland will be aiming to put one over his former teammates on Saturday as Cardiff Blues take on Leinster at the RDS.
The Wexford back-five forward came through the ranks at Leinster and supported the province as a youngster.
But after enjoying stints at Plymouth Albion and Rotherham Titans in English Championship, Copeland joined Cardiff in the summer and he is relishing his return to Dublin.
"It's a game I've obviously been looking forward to for a couple of months. I supported Leinster when I was younger, lived in Dublin for four years and still have a lot of friends there," said Copeland
"I've played with Sean O'Brien, Cian Healy, Jack McGrath, who was also my next-door neighbour, and the likes of Luke Fitzgerald and Eoin O'Malley I played with at age-group level.
"So it will be good to play against them in front of my friends and family."
The last time the Celtic capital city rivals clashed was in last year's Heineken cup quarter-finals as Leinster cruised to a 34-3 victory.
Copeland was a spectator in the Aviva Stadium crowd for the April encounter and while he is well aware of the strengths of Leinster he reckons the Blues can gain revenge.
"I don't think there's a better opportunity to go there and get a result. Leinster are not playing as well as they want so we have to go out early, get that doubt in their heads and push on for the result," added Copeland
"That Heineken Cup game hasn't been mentioned. There are different coaches and a lot of different players here now. It's completely different set of circumstances."
Eight Cardiff players have been selected in Wales' squad for the autumn internationals but all bar Harry Robinson are available for the RDS clash.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.